The Gauteng Department of Community Safety applauds the active role played by community patrollers in the fight against crime in Gauteng communities. Yesterday, seven suspects were apprehended for allegedly committing a business robbery at a Pep store in Wingtip Mall as a result of the active role played by Sinoville Community Patrollers Forum (CPF) based in Tshwane.
The suspects made off with an undisclosed number of cellphones and were arrested after the community patrollers received the information through an announcement on the local community radio station that the store was under attack and responded swiftly.
The armed robbers fled the scene using their vehicle and community patrollers pursued them. At the same time patrollers mobilized their other members and requested back up from the law enforcement authorities who also responded swiftly led by South Africa Police Service Sector Commander.
The suspects abandoned their vehicle and tried to escape in another vehicle while the patrollers were approaching them. Noticing that they were about to be stopped in their tracks, they abandoned the car and tried to escape on foot. The suspects fired shots at the patrollers while they were chasing them and the police retaliated in the process resulting in two robbers getting wounded.
The stolen cellphones were recovered, two vehicles impounded for further investigation and several firearms were recovered. The seven suspects are in custody and are expected to appear at the Pretoria North Magistrates court on Thursday morning to face charges relating to business robbery and illegal possession of firearms.
Gauteng Department of Community Safety, Head of Department, Ms Yoliswa Makhasi has welcomed and commended the role that community police forum played in this case. “The Sinoville CPF has once demonstrated the critical role of this structure in the crime fighting initiatives within the province. This achievement also demonstrates that our call for active citizenry in the fight against crime is bearing fruits.
Community Police Forums and Community Patrollers are important components towards realization of the safety of all residents of our province as directed by the National Developmental Plan. These structures embody our own aspirations and are in fact constituted by the best amongst our neighbourhoods. Our continued support of the patroller movement is a clear indication of our collective commitment to create a safer environment for Gauteng citizens.” said Yoliswa Makhasi.